Sammy Davis Jr.’s pistol is turned in at L.A. gun buyback program
A vintage pistol that was once owned by legendary performer Sammy Davis Jr. was among 791 guns that the Los Angeles Police Department collected during a weekend gun buyback program, officials said.
The Rat Pack member’s 1911 .45-caliber pistol was one of the weapons turned in for Ralphs grocery store gift cards during the events held in Mission Hills and South Los Angeles.
No details were available about who donated the gun or its origins because the program is anonymous. Typically such 1911 pistols cost more than $350.
The nearly 800 guns included 364 handguns, 144 shotguns, 237 rifles, 42 assault-style weapons and four weapons that did not fit any specific category.
Since its inception in 2009, the gun buyback program has collected more 15,000 weapons.
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